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Truffle Dog Mar 24, 2009 10:43 AM

Has anyone seen these yet? Last weekend I asked around and was told to wait for more sun. Wasn't able to make it to the markets over the weekend. Today is the Ferry Plaza market but I don't want to drag myself down there just to come back empty handed...

  1. jillyju Mar 25, 2009 09:41 PM

    There were English Peas today--though not a lot-- at the Farmer Joe's on Fruitvale in Oakland. They had more flavor than the ones I got last week at Berkeley Bowl. I don't know where they were from.

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      adrienne156 Mar 25, 2009 01:42 PM

      I've seen english peas at Monterey Market the past two weeks. Still waiting for the favas to show up, but isn't it the peak of the season now?

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      1. re: adrienne156
        Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2009 11:25 AM

        I haven't even seen favas at the farmers market yet. Cold winter, late season, I guess.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          adrienne156 Mar 26, 2009 01:03 PM

          Apparently I was misinformed and the season is actually April-June.

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        Louise Mar 25, 2009 11:52 AM

        The favas at Berkeley Bowl last weekend I believe were labelled from Mexico.

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          Truffle Dog Mar 24, 2009 01:35 PM

          Thank you to everyone who responded! I did visit the Ferry Plaza Market - in case anyone else is interested, Iacopi does indeed have some beautiful English Peas ($8 for a small paper sack the size of a takeaway sandwich bag). None of the farmer's market vendors have Favas, but Capay Organic/Farm Fresh To You has them ($3.99/lb).


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          1. re: Truffle Dog
            Robert Lauriston Mar 24, 2009 02:10 PM

            That $8 is for shelled peas or whole in pod?

            Capay's probably bringing in favas from San Diego or thereabouts.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              jillyju Mar 24, 2009 06:23 PM

              I'm sure it's for whole-in-pod, as that is their regular style of selling them. I have been at the Alemany farmer's market the last two Saturdays looking for English peas, but they are not yet in evidence. I had one dreamy pod full of peas at Contigo two weeks ago as an amuse bouche, and have been searching for them ever since. I found some at Berkeley Bowl, but they were only average in flavor (both the organic and non-organic ones).

              1. re: jillyju
                Ruth Lafler Mar 30, 2009 03:24 PM

                Yeah, it's their regular style and price, and they're ridiculously expensive, especially considering the yield per bag after shelling. I think Iacopi is the single most over rated vendor at the major farmers markets -- overpriced and not that great quality (their artichokes never seem very fresh to me).

                1. re: Ruth Lafler
                  walker Mar 30, 2009 04:54 PM

                  One time a couple of years ago, I sample one and liked it and bought a bag; of course, they are packaged up and you cannot pick out what you prefer. Got it home and found out they were all starchy, picked too mature. I was going to toss them but I had to be back there the following week and I actually returned them and got my $$ back!!

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler
                    Paul H Mar 30, 2009 05:55 PM

                    Iacopi's Swiss Chard is always the biggest bunch and the cheapest price. The stuff is delicious, too. Some big name restaurants buy it. Have to agree about the pricing on the artichokes, though.

              2. re: Truffle Dog
                mariacarmen Mar 24, 2009 11:44 PM

                Don't know the price per pound but Evergreen in the Mission (a south american produce market) between 21st and 22nd on Mission St., always has them when they're in season. best to get them in the a.m., as they sit in the sun all day and tend to get a bit droopy, or they simply get bought up fast. They also had, two weeks ago, fresh green garbanzo beans, which i had only ever seen once, at Canteen. delicious!

                1. re: mariacarmen
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2009 08:37 AM

                  I see fresh garbanzos at the farmers markets every year. Once was enough for me, they average about two beans per pod so it's insanely labor-intensive. Probably be in season by early May.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    rworange Mar 30, 2009 12:01 PM

                    That makes me feel better. I'm a sloth in the kitchen, but I don't mind shelling peas ... however that garbanzo exeperiience was something else. I saw them shelled at Berkeley Bowl on Friday and they were $2.19 a pound. So worth the price.

                    The only thing I would warn on shelled, is that the longer the sit, even refrigerated, the more they tend to dry out. So look for green colored beans and if there are some fading to yellow, skip. The BB garbanzos were lovely. They were just above the Mexican fava beans going for 99 cents a lb. Lots of peas of various types as well.

                    1. re: rworange
                      Chuckles the Clone Mar 30, 2009 09:25 PM

                      You saw actual shelled, out of the papery-thin pod, sitting there like little green mouse brains, fresh garbanzos at the Bowl?!? That would be a fabulous timesaver. All I've seen there are the still-in-the-pod ones for that same $2.19/lb.

                      And I can state with some authority that it takes almost a half hour of diligent work to shell one pound of them. But once shelled, roasting them for an hour at 400 degrees and tossing with some olive oil, salt and hot paprika towards the end as they start to brown/crisp up. Wow is that good. I'm eating a fistful right now.

                      You can skip the up-front shelling part and just fry them in their pods until the outsides are black, toss in salt and spices, and then peel and munch on them one at a time. Cesar makes a very nice version this way during the season.

              3. farmersdaughter Mar 24, 2009 11:19 AM

                Iacopi has English peas at the Ferry Plaza farmers market today (Tuesday - I just returned from there) and had them last Saturday. I didn't see favas anywhere today, but Star Route had them on Saturday (tiny).

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                1. re: farmersdaughter
                  wally Mar 24, 2009 12:36 PM

                  Yeah, Star Route has the size you eat the whole bean rather than shelling them.

                2. pane Mar 24, 2009 11:06 AM

                  i've seen both at bi-rite, and i think beans but not peas at alemany.

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